Urvanovic create orchestral serenity fused with indie noise pop intensity

Urvanovic release their debut album Amateurs via Survivalist
Urvanovic release their debut album Amateurs

Urvanovic are a seven-piece band from Edinburgh that fuse orchestral arrangements and indie noise pop with intense serenity. On Amateurs, Urvanovic have created a spectacular amalgamation of live and digital instrumentation that creates an overwhelmingly powerful sound. Tom Irvine and Seonaid Stevenson’s vocals blend together effortlessly throughout the release, riding on a wave of polyphony that dances from your speakers and fills the room.

Urvanovic are a seven-piece band from Edinburgh
Urvanovic are a seven-piece band from Edinburgh

Amateurs begins with a sound that takes me back to my childhood.  Stopping a game of  football in the street as the ice cream van beckons children from their summer daze. But then comes a distorted shoegazer power chord from a guitar dripping in distorted fuzz noise that pulls me back to Earth with a crash; and so begins the fusion of orchestral beauty and hard, heavy electrified sounds that merge better than my words can ever hope to explain.

Open Ground
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHONufNqXQ4

Originally created as a studio experiment in Edinburgh, Urvanovic formed in 2012 as a by-product of songwriter Tom Irvine’s (vocals, keys, guitar) composition projects at university. He then created a musical collective with the aforementioned Seonaid Stevenson (vocals, trumpet) as well as Niall Sinclair (laptop & keyboard, noises),David Hill (drums, percussion), Emma Donald (violin), Bethany Coyle (violin), Rachel Wilson (cello), David Norris (violin), Amanda Currie (violin), Tim Cais (cello) and Graham Coe (cello) to create the intense and captivating sound so beautifully choreographed on Amateurs..

Think Fast
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ex9mQUrw3Zw

Straddling the line between folk rock and indie electronica, for every lo-fi song on the album, such as ‘Waterworks’ and ‘Onomatophobia’ there is an equally anthemic counterpart, whether it’s the distortion heavy and immediate album opener ‘Open Ground’ or the electro heavy ‘Bubblewrap’. Urvanovic are not a band who can be easily pigeon holed, and their ability to create a noise that’s both deliciously complex and eminently listenable is a credit to their ability as musicians.

Urvanovic are currently only set to play three live dates in Scotland. With the release of this wonderfully absorbing debut album, hopefully they will feel the urge to venture further afield.

Urvanovic Amateurs tracklisting:
1. Open Ground
2. Waterworks
3. Bubblewrap
4. Onomatophobia
5. Think Fast
6. Handholds
7. Pollen
8. The Mine
9. The Worry Trail

Urvanovic Live Dates:
9th June – 13th Note w/ Panda Su & Finn LeMarinel – Glasgow
12th June – Wee Red Bar w/ Esperi & The Jellyman’s Daughter – Edinburgh
13th June – Love Music – In-store session and exclusive early Vinyl release – Glasgow

Amateurs by Urvanovic is released via Survivalist.

Wooden Arms play alternative chamber music


Wooden Arms play alternative chamber music
Wooden Arms play alternative chamber music


Wooden Arms are an alternative chamber music band from Norwich, featuring choral elements and a distinctive yet delicate blend of classical instrumentation meets modern melody.

“The music this Norwich band make can be genuinely thrilling. The album begins with December, a track they accurately describe as a “melancholic mariachi march with a trip-hop beat“. Portishead or Sigur Rós fans, it might be time to listen in.” – The Sunday Times

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlL0KkmrdzA

On Friday 16th January Wooden Arms play the Ramsgate Music Hall.

Ramsgate Music Hall
13 Turner Street
Ramsgate
Kent
CT11 8NJ

SHHH London – a celebration of quiet music

Shhh London - Quiet Music Festival
Shhh London - Quiet Music Festival

SHHH London is the celebration of quiet music in Hampstead‘s picturesque Heath Street Baptist Church.  Be welcomed to a contemplative day dedicated to some of the best new music around.  It was developed by London music hub The Local and visual artist Luke Drodz.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXu3eHMCdgo

Already in it’s eighth year, this year’s line-up includes a wide spectrum of beautiful music and very interesting ideas. SHHH London opens at midday on Saturday 31st January.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHS4IMoun7A

SHHH London 2015 Line-up:
Wooden Arms
Laura Moody
Pip Mountjoy
Aaron Fyfe
Forced Random
Seftel
Rhain
With Sun
Dusty Stray
Rixhard Navarro
Paul Armfield
Ajimal
Puzzle Muteson
Helmut
De’borah

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_BlvZrL8ns

SHHH London 2015
31st January
Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampsted, NW3

SHHH Festival Tickets
£17.00 adv  / £20 door

Michael Nyman – Classic Album Selection

Michael Nyman Classic Album Selection
Michael Nyman Classic Album Selection

Michael Nyman published an influential book in 1974 on experimental music called Experimental Music: Cage and Beyond. John Cage and other avant garde and experimental composers had a significant influence on Michael Nyman who is best known as a composer in his own right.  He released his self-titled debut album in 1981. But is best known for his beautiful film scores.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8OWrgzlS7E

As part of the on-going Classic Album Selection series, Universal have released Michael Nyman Classic Albums containing five exceptional original soundtracks for director Peter Greenaway‘s The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982), Drowning By Numbers (1988), and The Cook The Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1989), director Jane Campion‘s The Piano (1993), and director Michael Winterbottom’s Wonderland (1999).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZeA0PbjcdI

MICHAEL NYMANCLASSIC ALBUM SELECTION
1.  THE DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT
2.  DROWNING BY NUMBERS
3.  THE COOK,THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER
4.  THE PIANO
5.  WONDERLAND

Michael Nyman is one of seven new titles to be released as part of the Classic Albums series. Others include:

SIMPLE MINDS
1.  SPARKLE IN THE RAIN
2.  ONCE UPON A TIME
3.  REAL LIFE
4.  STREET FIGHTING YEARS
5.  GOOD NEWS FROM THE NEXT WORLD

GARY MOORE
1.  CORRIDORS OF POWER
2.  VICTIMS OF THE FUTURE
3.  RUN FOR COVER
4.  WILD FRONTIER
5.  AFTER THE WAR

10CC
1.  THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
2.  HOW DARE YOU
3.  DECEPTIVE BENDS
4.  BLOODY TOURISTS
5.  LIVE AND LET LIVE

ROBBIE WILLIAMS
1.  LIFE THRU A LENS
2.  I’VE BEEN EXPECTING YOU
3.  SING WHEN YOU’RE WINNING
4.  ESCAPOLOGY
5.  INTENSIVE CARE

UB40
1.  SIGNING OFF
2.  PRESENT ARMS
3.  UB44
4.  LABOUR OF LOVE
5.  GEFFERY MORGAN

ENIGMA
1.  MCMXC AD
2.  THE CROSS OF CHANGES
3.  LE ROI EST MORT, VIVE LE ROI
4.  THE SCREEN BEHIND THE MIRROR
5.  VOYAGER

Bersarin Quartett II – album review

Bersarin Quartett II
Bersarin Quartett II

Bersarin Quartett release their long-awaited second album, simply entitled ‘II’.

Somewhat lazily filed under ‘ambient’ (a catch-all term if ever there was one) this is an awe-inspiring and beautiful album that transpires modern classical music, dark and brooding film soundtracks and intense but relaxing ambient music.

On hearing the debut album four years ago, someone suggested ’this music could be written on a lonely island or onboard of a spaceship looking on our planet.’ How apt.

Bersarin Quartett is the pseudonym for a solo project from German artist Thomas Bücker and since 2011 has also included two guest musicians into a band project that has resulted in some successful and interesting live performances, and now the release Bersarin Quartett II.

Bersarin Quartett II includes 12 new songs + a bonus track vinyl only track. References to Stars Of The Lid, Ulver’s Perdition City, Bohren & Der Club Of Gore and Cinematic Orchestra are fully justified; and like d_rradio’s ‘Leaves’ this errs more towards Classic FM than BBC6.

But among the technicolour dreamscapes lurks and layers of complicity and depth Bersarin Quartett II drops in electronica references and even a taste of glitch which all results in one of the most beautiful and moving albums I have ever heard.

Bersarin Quartett – Im Lichte des Anderen
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5y0nej7_so

This is undoubtedly going to be one of the best albums of 2012 and something to savour for many years to come.  Bersarin Quartett II is both powerful and beautiful, ambient and classical in its composition.  Now I want to see this performed live in a befitting venue like The Union Chapel.

Bersarin Quartett II Tracklisting

01 Niemals zurück 5:18
02 Zum Greifen nah 5:59
03 Im Lichte des Anderen 6:15
04 Der Mond, der Schnee und Du 4:55
05 Perlen, Honig oder Untergang 4:34
06 Einsame wandeln still im Sternensaal 5:11
07 Im Glanze des Kometen 6:10
08 Alles ist ein Wunder 2:47
09 Rot und Schwarz 7:10
10 Keine Angst 3:12
11 Hier und jetzt 6:26
12 Jedem Zauber wohnt ein Ende inne 5:30
13 Nichts ist wie vorher (only on 2xLP) 6:27

Bersarin Quartett II – Official Album Trailer

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLTOAFNXvig

For more information visit Bersarin Quartett Facebook page & Denovali.com/Bersarin Quartett.

Bersarin Quartett II will now be released on 14th May on Denovali.

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